Cromer Academy celebrate boost in GCSE results
Cromer Academy is celebrating a rise in pupils achieving the gold standard of five or more A*-C GCSE grades including English and maths.
The number of students gaining the top grades rose from 57pc last year to 62pc this year.
Dr Geoff Baker, who took over as principal of the academy earlier this year, said students had also achieved 'standout' results in maths and French.
All the pupils who took French gained an A-C grade and the number of students achieving A-C in maths rose from the mid 60pc mark to just over 70pc.
The academy saw the number of students achieving five or more A*-C grades drop from 82pc last year to 73pc, because of a mixture of abilities, according to Dr Baker.
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He said: 'I put the good results down to real energy and passion in the school for students to do their best. It is collectively down to the hard work of staff, pupils and parents.
'It is very nice to see the rise in results. It means the changes in the school are having an impact. What we need to do now is build on the success of that each year. This is not the result of short-term change. This is the result of changing aspirations.'
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He was doubly pleased about the result increase because this year was the first time students took the exams at the end of two years, rather than doing them on a module basis and taking resits.
Dr Baker put the good maths results to a 'dynamic' team of new teachers who started after Christmas and said the academy was encouraging students to take 'high value' GCSE subjects including maths and sciences.
Maths teacher Robin Keighley was proud of his students.
He thought more pupils were taking maths and sciences, rather than the arts, because they were aware of the increased job opportunities in those areas.
One pupil who achieved seven A*s in subjects including maths and sciences, and two As was Megan Boreham, 16, from Blackberry Grove in Cromer.
She said: 'I'm really happy.'
The teenager was especially happy about achieving an A* in maths because she is going to study the subject at A level, along with chemistry, biology and psychology at Paston Sixth Form College in North Walsham.